Braham Man Charged with 1st Degree Assault in Shooting

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Corey Hecht

A dispute that started over which branch of the military is toughest turned violent Tuesday in Braham.

Corey Hecht, 32, of Braham faces multiple charges including first degree assault for shooting Jeffrey Huebner, who is listed in critical condition.

According to the criminal complaint, Hecht, Huebner and a third man were drinking at Hecht’s residence.  Investigator say the men have a history of  drinking and then fighting with each other.  Each of the three are Gulf War Veterans from different branches, the Marine Corps, Navy and Army, and began physically fighting over which branch was “toughest.”  The complaint states the third man left after fighting with Huebner, but Hecht and Huebner stayed in the garage and continued drinking.

Hecht told police eventually he and Huebner “got into it,” and he thought Huebner was going to kill him.  Allegedly, Hecht went over to a work bench, grabbed a .357 revolver, loaded it and shot Huebner.

Huebner was able to drive himself to a neighbors where he honked the car horn repeatedly in the driveway to get their attention.  Eventually the neighbors came out, called 9-1-1 and Huebner was transported to the Kanabec County Hospital in Mora.  He was later airlifted to St. Cloud.

Physicians at the hospital determined two separate bullet wounds caused Huebner’s two lungs to collapse.  The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Crime Scene Team determined Hecht fired three shots.  Huebner was hit once in the shoulder area and once under his left arm.

Police arrested Hecht after spotting him walking down the road near the scene of the crime.  Authorities searched the alleged shooter and located a Winchester knife, two 12 gauge shotgun shells, and the magazine of a Ruger .22 caliber rifle.

Hecht is charged with three counts of assault.  Count one is for first degree assault and carries a penalty of 20-years in prison and/or a $30,000 fine.  Counts two and three are for second degree assault.  Count two is for second degree assault with a dangerous weapon, punishable by up to seven years in prison and/or a $14,000 fine.  Count three is second degree assault with a dangerous weapon causing substantial bodily harm.  If convicted of count three, Hecht could serve up to 10 years in prison and/or pay a $20,000 fine.

The Pine County Attorneys Office tell Red Rock Radio that if Huebner dies as a result of the gun shot injuries, it is possible charges against Hecht will increase.  They did not specify to what degree.

Hecht is due back in court on November 3rd.  Unconditional bail is set at $150,000 and conditional bail is $75,000.

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